These articles were generously contributed by Marta & Barbara Reese.

Standing, L-R: David & Sam

Sitting, L-R: Barbara & Marta

Photo taken in 1953.

Marta (L), & Barbara (R)

Photo taken in May 2004 at the CREOLE ANNUITANTS Reunion in Richardson, Texas.

Owen Reese arrived in Maracaibo, Venezuela, in 1929 to work in the accounting department of Lago Petroleum Corporation. He returned to the U.S. in 1936 to continue his education at St. Louis University. He met and married Rosalie Spalding, a registered nurse, and returned to Maracaibo by tanker, the "Esso Bolivar", in 1939.

In 1943 Owen, Rosalie and two children, Barbara and David, were transferred to Caracas where Sam and Marta were later born. The six Reeses were transferred back to Maracaibo in 1946 and lived there until 1954 when they were transferred to Puerto La Cruz, later to San Joaquín and lastly to Tia Juana.

Owen Reese took a medical retirement in July l960 and died from cancer in July 1961.

Rosalie Reese, at age 92, continues to live a fairly active life in Austin, Texas.

Barbara graduated from the University of Texas in Austin, married Victor McCrea, Jr., an attorney, and has three children and seven grandchildren. Vic died in 1999. Barbara works for the Art Institute of Dallas.

David graduated from Culver Military Academy in Indiana and the University of Texas with a double degree in economics and history. He worked in Mexico City for two years before moving to Ohio where he met and married his wife, Sue. They have two married sons. David died from a heart attack in 1991. He was 50 years old.

Sam also graduated from Culver Military Academy and attended the University of Texas. He recently retired from the Texas Highway Department after 30 years of service. He and his wife, Betty, have two sons.

Marta attended Radford School in El Paso, Texas, and the University of Texas. She is divorced and has two daughters. Marta is a legal assistant at a Houston law firm.

 

(Except where noted, these photographs were all taken circa the 1940's.)
Lago/Creole office building.
Lago/Creole office building.
Much older photo of the Lago/Creole office building, taken in 1930.
Lago terminal, probably taken from the high water tower in 1930.
Creole Club
Creole Club
Christmas party taken at the Creole Club.
Creole Club swimming pool.
Creole Club swimming pool.
One of the Creole camp houses.
View down the street in the Creole camp.
Wonderful photo of the Manager's House, evidentally prepared for an event. It was a large & elegant home.
Another, possibly earlier photo of the Manager's House.
Coromoto Hospital when it was relatively new.
Plaza República
Plaza República
Street scene of Carnaval in Maracaibo.